Saturday, November 27, 2010

Christmas is coming...

The big ol' Christmas tree is back in Piazza Duomo!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Nerys vs The Trattoria Next Door - Inter vs Twente

Considering Inter won what was an important game for them after a run of losses and with it qualified for the quarter finals (I don't want anyone thinking I don't like football, I do! I'm not a mad fan of it or anything, it's more of a curiosity in a strange way...) I would've expected the fans watching the game at The Trattoria Nex Door to be much more noisy than they were. I heard some chatter at half time, but nothing extremely noisy, and it pretty much got drowned out by my radio as I had my headphones in. I didn't hear anything at all after the final whistle!

Final score: Inter 1 - 0 Twente
Rowdyness score: 2
Sleepyness score: 0

Song of the Week

This is Sing-hiozzo, the first single from Negramaro's new album Casa 69. The song title's a bit of a play on words - il singhiozzo is the Italian for hiccup.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Nerys vs The Trattoria Next Door - Auxerre vs Milan

I've got a feeling this will become a bit of a running feature.....

Ok, so a bit of background before we get started. My condiminio is next door to a pretty popular trattoria in my area, which always seems to show the football. And it can get very noisy out in the street after games and during half time. Which can be pretty annoying for me during the week as I have to get up early in the morning to go to work. I've always been someone who needs a lot of sleep, ideally 9-10 hours a night for me is perfect. And often when the football's on midweek I'm tucked up in bed only to be woken up by some rowdy tifosi...

And Milan fans, for some reason, seem to be the noisiest casinisti of the lot. Last night I got woken up by a pair of Milan fans after their victory in the Champions League, singing and chanting very loudly out in the street. Very amusing, I think not.....

Funny thing is where I lived before I heard the Inter fans much more, but around where I live now seems to be more Milan territory...

Final score: Auxerre 0 - 2 Milan
Rowdyness score: 8
Sleepyness score: 7

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Amazon hits Italy!

Happy Welshie!!

I read a few days ago on La Repubblica's XL mag's Twitter that Amazon was planning to launch an Italian site, and I thought it'd be a while until it was up and running. But today from the same Twitter account I discovered that it had been launched - perfect timing for Christmas!

Italy doesn't do online shopping in such a big way as the UK, for example you'll have a bit of a hard time if you want to buy something from Italian, and even international clothes shops online. But seeing as Italians seem to be a bit wary about using credit/debit cards (there was even a publicity campaign recently trying to encourage people to use their cards more!), it's not much of a surprise.

For me it mainly means saving on postage, and having the things I buy arrive quicker; but Amazon Italy also sells foreign language books, and from the look around the site that I've had, English language books are cheaper than they are in the shops in Milan. It doesn't yet have the full range of products that the UK site has (no clothes for example), but I'm hoping they'll branch out into that in the future.

I'm looking forward to my first order arriving in the post!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Song of the week

Here's the new song from a band I hadn't heard of until I heard this song for the first time a few weeks ago, it's Buongiorno buonafortuna by Perturbazione:

Friday, November 12, 2010


I came home tonight to find a parcel addressed to me sitting on the letterboxes of my condominio.

The parcel contained a shoe box:

Which contained a rolled up pair of boots:

Posted to me by my mam after I'd told her I had my eye on a pair of grey boots at home after not finding any nice boots within my budget in Milan. Thanks mam!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Song of the Week

This is a song of the week with a bit of a difference, as the song's not actually in the Italian language, but the people behind it are Italian. It's Mr Brown for Haiti, a song which has been released in Italy for charity, more specifically all profits go to Fondazione Francesca Rava - N.P.H. Italia Onlus, to build a new orphanage for children who lost their parents in the earthquake.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Snaps from Milan - Arco della Pace

Arco della Pace (Ark of Peace) stands in Piazza Sempione, between Parco Sempione (when entering the park through the castle you'll see it ahead of you) and Corso Sempione. It's recently been restored after originally being completed in 1838.